How to build your own pcLevel of difficulty: Easy
For building your own computer you should be sure of certain things. What purposes is your computer going to serve? Are the components you are using needed for your computer? Some basic things which are required for building your own PC include, a motherboard, a compatible processor with cooling fan, compatible memory module, tower casing with power supply, graphics card (in case the motherboard does not have a built-in video adapter), compatible hard disk for storage, CD/DVD-ROM/RW drive, ps/2 or USB mouse, ps/2 or USB keyboard, CRT or LCD monitor, screw driver, thermal paste or grease.
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For assembling your PC first place all the materials which are required on a flat surface, preferably floor. It will help you find things when you are working. Now place the materials on anti-static sheets or wrappers in order to avoid damage due to electro-static discharge.
Next carefully insert the processor on the CPU slot of the motherboard. Ensure that the processor is positioned correctly. Avoid touching lead of the processor. It may damage the processor. Refer to the manual for best results.
Apply thermal paste on the cooling fan. Avoid putting it on the processor. If it happens accidentally, wipe it with a piece of cloth immediately. The compound should be spread evenly on the metal surface. Connect the fan’s power to the pins on the motherboard. The motherboard should now be placed in the tower casing. Now you need to install the back panel. Make sure it fits the rectangular hole which is situated at the back of the casing.
Place the memory module in the appropriate position. The slots of the memory should be verified in order to ensure that it fits perfectly into the board’s RAM slot.
Insert the graphics card in the motherboard, (i.e., if the board has no video adapter built in). Place the CD/DVD-ROM/RW drive in the casing. The hard disk should be connected using cables.
The casing’s power should now be connected. Pins should be used to reset it.
The power slot on the board should have the same number of pins as the power supply. Cables should be connected to all the components. The CD/DVD-ROM/RW drive and the hard disk need to have power cables attached to each of them.
CRT or LCD monitor power cable should now be attached to the power supply. The mouse and the keyboard should also be connected to the appropriate slots. Building your own PC is complete now.
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